Security concerns forces Chennai Super Kings to move base to Pune

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13 April, 2018

"Will miss playing on our home ground and entertaining our Chennai fans this season".

Speaking to BusinessLine, all that CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan said was that the BCCI would take a final call on the alternative venue. "It is sad and we are disappointed", he added.

BCCI's acting president C.K. Khanna said: "Pune will host all the [CSK home] matches".

Protesters had reportedly beaten up cricket fans in the lead-up to the highly-anticipated home game in Chepauk, which was hosting its first CSK match in two years.

The Indian Premier League has made a decision to move games away from Chennai after protesters threatened to release snakes during the next game at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.

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While Kerala Cricket Association has shown interest in hosting the matches in Thiruvananthapuram, Visakhapatnam has emerged as the favourite because of logistics and the city's infrastructure.

Tensions reached a high-point when shoes were flung at CSK players inside the MA Chidambaram Stadium. "Thanks for the incredible support of all the Csk fans", Hussey said.

Yesterday, the Tamil Nadu state administration had expressed its inability to ensure adequate security arrangements for the IPL matches amidst the ongoing Cauvery water dispute. They took to violent means by hurling shoes when the match was in progress, forcing organizers of IPL and the owners of CSK franchise to consider shifting the remaining matches out of Chennai. The match was also preceded by massive protests from various groups and activists. There is a possibility that our next home match on April 20 against Rajasthan Royals will be an away match in Jaipur.

But those wishing to see the Super Kings in action will now need to head to Pune for "home" matches. The MCA Stadium was a full house during the last two editions of the IPL and this assures decent gate revenue for the franchise.

Reacting to the Supreme Court's judgement on the Cauvery Water River sharing, protests have been going on in the state of Tamil Nadu, with certain organisations calling for a ban on IPL matches scheduled to be played in Chennai.


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